2024 Independent Schools of the Year Nominations are now closed

Commended schools will be announced on 3rd July

Celebrating Success


The Independent Schools of the Year awards 2024, brought to you by the team at Independent School Parent magazine, are now well-established. As the independent school sector’s leading awards programme, they secure the winners the national and international recognition which drives an enhanced public profile and a surge in enquiries from prospective parents.

The focus of the 2024 awards will be to celebrate the demonstrable benefits of an independent school education and showcase the innovative, caring and future-enhancing student experience which pupils in our schools receive.

At a time when the role, purpose and value of the sector is certain to become an issue in the upcoming general election, we believe that the 2024 awards will provide a perfect platform for schools to celebrate and promote everything they are achieving in the many and varied areas of school life.

Last year we introduced a new award for Outstanding Educational Partnerships, designed to acknowledge the often under-recognised partnership work undertaken with the maintained sector, alongside the award for the Independent School of the Year for Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) which recognises, inter alia, the huge amount of work schools are putting into enhancing and strengthening their safeguarding policies. We were delighted with the number of entries received for both awards in their first year and they are now firmly part of our programme.

The key new national award introduced for 2024 is for The Independent School of the Year for the Use of Educational Technology which is designed to showcase how widely – and innovatively –  ‘Ed Tech’ is being deployed in our schools. Educational Technology has become a vital part of schools’ educational programmes and massively enhances the learning experience of our students.

There are 24 award categories in all and each has been tailored to capture and highlight stories of the great work being undertaken across our school communities. The Independent Schools of the Year 2024 awards will celebrate all that students, staff and wider school communities have achieved during the 2023-24 academic year.

Delivering and supporting student excellence lies at the heart of each award and we hope that they will give our schools the opportunity to tell us what they have achieved as a community. We hope that the task of preparing their entries will give colleagues the chance to look up from the immediate day-to-day pressures and celebrate their awesome contribution.

The stories of our winners – who will be announced in the autumn – will be shared and celebrated across the Independent School Parent portfolio and the Chelsea Magazine Company and Telegraph Media Group wider platforms. Independent education is one of the UK’s greatest traditions. Let’s not be backwards in coming forward and shouting about our schools’  achievements from the rooftops at a time when our politicians – and the wider electorate – should be left in no doubt about our important role in national life.

So, send us your entries and make sure your school is part of independent education’s story of excellence and resilience.

David Moncrieff

Chair, Editorial Advisory Board, Independent School Parent

Timeline

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Nominations
open

March

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Nominations
close

June

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Commended
announced

July

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Finalists
announced

September

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Judges
meet

September

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Awards
ceremony

October

2024 Awards Timeline

Nominations
open

March

Nominations
close

4thJune

Commended
announced

3rdJuly

Finalists
announced

9thSeptember

Judges
meet

September

Awards
ceremony

October